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Councillor Graham Baxter MBE

Councillor Graham Baxter

My name is Graham Baxter, I am a Councillor representing Dronfield North Ward and am the leader of North East Derbyshire District Council.


I was elected in 1983 and represent the Labour Party.


I hope you find the information you need on my web page, but if not please contact me - my details are at the bottom of the page.



In 1966 I married Christine and we have two sons.  We moved to Dronfield in 1975, and we really enjoy living in the area.


I have been your District and Town Councillor since 1983.


In 1995 I had the honour of being the Mayor of the first Labour controlled Dronfield Town Council


Since July 2004 I have been the Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council ensuring that matters concerning Dronfield are kept at the forefront of Council business


I represent the District and Town council on a number of outside bodies including Derbyshire Sports, Thomas Taylor Charities and Dronfield Station Action Group.


I am one of the four Labour Leaders in the country sitting on the District Council Network Executive advising the Local Government Association on Policy matters.


A lifetime member of the Trade Union Amicus (Unite), I am a Trustee of the Dronfield Contact Trades and Labour Club.


In June 2010 I was privileged to be made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Local Government and in February 2011 I was nominated and won Councillor Leader of the year at the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU).


I am a member of the following:





Planning Committee




Strategic Alliance Joint Committee




Council Joint Consultative Group




Urban Design Best Practice Group








Association of Public Service Excellence




Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Pensioners Association




Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce




Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre (Chair)




East Midlands Development Agency




Joint Board with Chesterfield and Bolsover




Joint Crematorium Committee




LGA (Derbyshire)




LGA General Assembly




Shared ICT Service Committee




Board Member of Sheffield City Region (LEP)




Derbyshire Economic Partnership (Director)








I am the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member with Portfolio for Building an Excellent Council (including delivering a healthier, safer, cleaner community, Agenda 21, IT, E-Government, Asset Management, HR and Training, Leisure, Planning and Licensing).




I am also the Leader of the Labour Group on the Council.



My aim as a local councillor is to serve the residents of Dronfield North and North East Derbyshire as a whole, but I can only do that if you let me know how I can help you.


You can contact me at home using the details below or complete the enquiry form to get in touch online.


Alternatively, if you want to speak to me in person, I shall be holding the following surgeries:



Please see local press for details.

Contact Details

  • Councillor Graham Baxter MBE
  • 8 Pembroke Road, Dronfield, Derbyshire, S18 1WH
  • Telephone 01246 415514